Pfizer sues San Diego court employee, claims she stole 12,000 files, some related to COVID vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A picture of the Pfizer logo at its headquarters in New York City’s Manhattan borough, November 9, 2020. (Reuters) / Carlo Allegri

Pfizer Inc A longtime employee is sued for allegedly stealing “dozens” of documents — including some related to the company’s COVID-19 vaccine — while preparing to jump into a competitor.

In a complaint filed on Tuesday in San Diego Federal Court, Pfizer said Chun Xiaoli violated its confidentiality agreement by uploading more than 12,000 files without permission to personal accounts and devices from the company-issued laptop.

The alleged material includes a September 24 “evidence” containing internal evaluations and recommendations for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Pfizer’s relationship with its German vaccine partner, and presentations related to cancer antibodies.

Pfizer said Lee, the assistant director of statistics, repeatedly tried to cover her tracks, even giving a laptop a “bluff” to hide what she had done with the files.

The New York-based drugmaker said Lee “misled Pfizer about what I took, how I took it, when and why I did it, and where to find these files (and possibly others)”.

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